Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Science Season 3, Ep 11
- Ted Cruz drops out of the race for the Republication Nomination, leaving Donald Trump as presumptive nominee. (YT 4m, via Fortune!)
- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un calls the first meeting of their Worker's Party since 1980. (YT 4m)
- And Now: The Next President of the United States
- Main story: Science (YT 19m), and how good, and not-so-good, studies get trumpeted by the media as saying things that they don't all the fucking time. LWT presents a parody of TED talks, "TODD," to make their point.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes to Her Happy Place! Season 2, Ep 10
Kimmy begins therapy with Andrea. Titus helps Mikey come out to his family.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Puerto Rico Season 3, Ep 10
- Obama visits Saudi Arabia, but is snubbed when he's greeted at the airport by a governor, not the king.
- Obama visits the UK, and is met by the Queen, driven by a 94-year-old prince, and his hand shaken by the adorable child Prince George.
- Norway reacts to Syrian migrants by tightening the borders.
- And Now: Everyone Likes Mispronouncing "Target"
- Main story: Puerto Rico (21m), and it's $70 billion debt crisis.
- Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda sings in behalf of his native Puerto Rico.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Greg & Larry Season 3, Ep 23
SEASON FINALE! After Holt is kidnapped in a stunning double-cross, the Nine-Nine pull off a daring rescue and escape, and finally solve the FBI conspiracy against Pimento.
It's time for the final confrontation. Who's been hunting our heroes all throughout this campaign? What's Lucas really after? Why is Merle getting just completely boned in every fight? Answers to these questions and more linger just behind the play button. Taako has a plan. Magnus has a snack. Merle says his prayers.
Filmed in black and white, A Coffee in Berlin is a tragicomedy centered upon a fateful day that pushes an aimless college dropout (Tom Schilling) to stop wasting his time and finally engage with life.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes Roller Skating! First Watch Season 2, Ep 1
Titus' ex-wife sues him for spousal support. Kimmy still has feelings for Dong. Jacqueline's Sioux family gets fed up with her.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Maximum Security Season 3, Ep 21
To uncover the conspiracy against Pimento, the Nine-Nine sends Santiago undercover, to pose as a hardened (and extremely pregnant) women's prison inmate. Does Amy have what it takes? For that matter, does Jake? Meanwhile, Rosa and the rest put on a fake funeral for Pimento in an attempt to catch the mysterious "Scar Joe"... [more inside]
This week.... Vladimir Putin snubs the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, and Donald Trump demonstrates that nuclear weapons is another thing he doesn't have much knowledge about. Baseball season prepares to begin, and the New York Yankees annoy and frustrate fans by making it difficult to resell premium tickets online, claiming that the tickets may end up in the hands of people who the Yankees owner figures may not know how to treat the privilege of sitting in the first five rows at a Yankees game. LWT is running a short impromptu context: tweet a picture of yourself wearing something that would would look ridiculous sitting in premium seats at a Yankees game with the hashtag #IHAVENEVERSATINAPREMIUMLOCATION, and you can win one of those seats to a game. [more inside]
Spinal Tap, one of England's loudest bands, is chronicled by film director Marty DeBergi on what proves to be a fateful tour. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Trump's Border Wall Season 3, Ep 6
This week.... Brazillians protest against their president Dilma Rousseff and their legislature moves to impeach, although 60% of members themselves face criminal charges of some kind. Obama nominates Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by Scalia's death. And Now: two segments on CBS This Morning's Awkward Sex Talk. Main story: Trump's proposal to build a border wall along the US/Mexico border. (YouTube 19m) Finally, Last Week Tonight begins to consider updating their All-Dog Supreme Court and asks the public to choose a dog for the event that Garland gets confirmed. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Terry Kitties Season 3, Ep 19
Terry settles a kitten-related score with his old nemesis at the Six-Five (guest star Matt Besser) by taking on a 20-year-old burglary case that got away. Back at the precinct, Charles summons all of his beta-male powers to stand up to alpha-dog Pimento. Elsewhere, the rest of the Nine-Nine take a bomb disposal class that turns unexpectedly competitive for Amy and Rosa. [more inside]
Director Stephen Chow presents the finest Chinese Mermaid Murder Comedy you'll see all year. [more inside]
In arguably the finest movie based on a board game, six guests are invited to a strange house, only to find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery where everyboddy is either a victim or suspect. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Encryption Season 3, Ep 5
This week....Hillary Clinton apologizes for remarks made about Nancy Reagan on the occaision of her death. Trump rallies erupt in violence, but he claims (despite multiple recorded examples) not to have encouraged it. International Women's Day is observed, sometimes oddly, throughout the world. Swiss president Johann Schneider-Ammann commemorates the Day of the Sick with a weird speech. And Now: Everybody Listen, Bernie Sanders Has Something to Say. Main story: Software encryption (18m), especially relevant concerning Apple's current court case. LWT made a commercial on behalf of Apple about the nature of software security. [more inside]
A husband and wife in their 30s decide to quit their jobs, live as free spirits and cruise America in a Winnebago. [more inside]
A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the corridors of the doomed vessel, they find themselves on a voyage into the origins of their darkest fears. [more inside]
In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. [more inside]
The story of three different men in a Louisiana prison and their eventual journey. [more inside]
This week.... The Republican primaries degenerate into yet more chaos, and the Republican elite tear into Donald Trump. LWT presents a short clip of Morgan Fairchild reading Trump's former wife Ivana's (remember her?) barely-fictionalized account of sex with him. Trump's confrontational attitude in tweets has begun to inspire imitators even worse than the original. And Now: People On TV Mean "Fucking." Main story: Special-purpose districts (YouTube 15m), local governmental entities created for a purpose but given little oversight, and which are sometimes wildly abused. Many people don't know what they are, so to help spread the world, LWT made an explanatory video with the help of some California school children. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Cheddar Season 3, Ep 18
Corgi. [more inside]
Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends. Top notch soundtrack. [more inside]
An accountant is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia after jumping bail. [more inside]
#1 NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby stays atop the heap thanks to a pact with his best friend and teammate, Cal Naughton, Jr. But when a French Formula One driver makes his way up the ladder, Ricky Bobby's talent and devotion are put to the test. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Donald Trump Season 3, Ep 3
This week.... Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi attempts to tackle his nations economic woes while wasting money on red carpets and begging for donations. President Obama tries, again, to close Guantanamo Bay over the objections of Congress. And Now: Basketball Enthusiast Pat Roberts Spends Twelve Minutes of Sentate Time Fantasizing About Playing One-On-One with the President. "Our main story tonight, and I cannot believe I am saying this, is Donald Trump." (YouTube 22m) A long and hilarious segment on Trump's many many failings, ending with the revelation that his ancestral family name was, in fact, Drumpf -- a word which the show has filed paperwork to trademark. They also own the website donaldjdrumpf.com, and offer an extension for Chrome called The Drumpfinator. Additionally, last week's segment on Hollywood Whitewashing (5m) is available on LWT's YouTube channel. [more inside]
A young man, his wife, and his incompetent case worker travel across country to find his birth parents. [more inside]
This week.... Donald Trump wins the South Carolina Republican Primary despite a feud with the Pope, and Jeb Bush finishes fourth. Republicans dig in on not confirming whatever replacement Supreme Court Justice Obama nominates. The "Judicial Crisis Network" makes an ad saying Republican senators should not confirm made mostly of smiling faces bought from stock footage sites. Last Week Tonight provides a stock footage rebuttal. How is This Still a Thing: Hollywood whitewashing. This week's main story:
breast implants abortion (16m), and the stealth efforts of the right to outlaw it de facto by making it impossible in some states to operate an abortion clinic through the imposition of ridiculously onerous rules. The show finishes up with footage of a bucket of baby slothes -- and one in person, in the studio. Metafilter thread. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Adrian Pimento Season 3, Ep 17
When a hard-boiled former undercover detective (special guest star Jason Mantzoukas) rejoins the Nine-Nine, Jake steps up to ease him back into a normal routine. Meanwhile, Gina tries to apply her trademark pizzazz to an informational video for the precinct, and Boyle must appease the janitorial boss (guest star Kate Flannery) after making an nigh-uncleanable mess of the break room. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: House Mouses Season 3, Ep 16
After Jake pawns a ho-hum drug case off on Hitchcock and Scully, it turns out that the small-fry investigation is a very loaded potato indeed. OPERATION BEANS IS GO! Meanwhile, Holt's classical-music fanboy nature comes to the fore on a robbery case concerning a famous(?) oboist; elsewhere, the ladies of the Nine-Nine make a mutual pact to face their greatest fears. [more inside]
A lonely and disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend. His target, rejects him, with bad consequences, but not before creepy karaoke, awkward family game nights, and other hijinks ensue. Relatively early appearances of Jack Black, Owen Wilson, and Bob Odenkirk, among others. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight S03E01 Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at age 79. Chipotle restaurants face federal investigations over food safety. (LWT produced a small commercial for them.) Main story: Voting (YouTube 14m), and the increased obstacles put in place to make it harder for US citizens to vote in elections. And Now: Newscasters Using Entirely The Wrong Tone. New Zealand's Prime Minister Steven Joyce is smacked in the head by a thrown phallus and is thereafter nicknamed by the New Zealand Herald "Dildo Baggins." Joyce tweeted to send it the GIF to John Oliver to get it over with -- and so they put the image on a flag, and gave the flag to Peter Jackson to wave. And then things got weird.... Yes that's right: Last Week Tonight is back! [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The 9-8 Season 3, Ep 15
After a water main break temporarily forces the neighboring 98th precinct to move into the Nine-Nine's offices, Jake is reunited with his old partner Stevie (guest star Damon Wayans, Jr.), leaving Charles feeling like the odd man out. But is Stevie entirely on the up and up? Meanwhile, the rest of the Nine-Nine crew have to deal with some irritating new deskmates, spurring some radical solutions. [more inside]
The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. [more inside]
Angie Tribeca: "The Wedding Planner Did It" Season 1, Ep 2
Tribeca and Geils investigate a series of baker murders. [more inside]
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a comic book fan dons the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Karen Peralta Season 3, Ep 14
When Jake brings Amy to meet his mother (special guest star Katey Sagal) for his birthday, he receives an unwelcome surprise. Meanwhile, Charles and Rosa's test run of the NYPD's body cams comes with some unexpected body issues. Elsewhere, Holt and the rest of the Nine-Nine wrack their brains solving a fiendish escape-the-room puzzle.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Cruise Season 3, Ep 13
The Pontiac Bandit rides again! When Jake and Amy go on their first romantic cruise, they discover that the ship's piano lounge entertainer is none other than Jake's hated archnemesis-slash-secret best bro Doug Judy. (special guest star Craig Robinson) Back at the precinct, Charles and Rosa wage dueling charm offensives to snag an amazing apartment that belonging to the vic in a murder case, and Holt must endure a visit from his brassy sister Debbie. (guest star Niecy Nash) [more inside]
A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: 9 Days Season 3, Ep 12
When Jake tries to raise a lonely/depressed Holt's spirits with a long-abandoned case, they both end up in a nine-day mumps quarantine. With Holt out sick, Terry finds himself in charge of the precinct and unsure of his leadership abilities. Meanwhile, Rosa helps Charles deal with the tragic (mid-humping) death of his beloved dog. [more inside]
Detectorists: Season 1 discussion Season 1, Ep 0
Andy and Lance attempt to find the burial site of a Saxon king, but will relationships and the nemeses get in the way?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Hostage Situation Season 3, Ep 11
When Boyle's ex-wife Eleanor (special guest star Kathryn Hahn) holds his frozen sperm for ransom, he turns to Jake to help him "bring his boys home". Back at the precinct, Terry barely survives Amy's attempts to get his recommendation for a mentor-mentee program. Meanwhile, Holt and Diaz enlist Gina's help(?) in interrogating a tight-lipped perp with a surprising connection to her mysterious past...
Galavant got a second season, and everyone on the show is as surprised as we are! In the first part, Gal and Richard are waylaid at a bar frequented by Richard's "uncle", and everyone else adjusts to their new place in society. In the second part, Izzy and Gal come to a less charitable appraisal of their memorable first kiss.
A man continually trying and failing to get his wife to stay dead; a self-absorbed ad agency creative director who comes up with one unworkable inane idea after another; a British hitman who only wants to know everyone's function in life; and an unfortunate office worker and father whose brain is left scrambled after a stage hypnotist is murdered in mid-performance. Starting off as unrelated plot lines, they intertwine with each other as they continue on their respective ways.
Rita: The Idealist Season 1, Ep 1
Rita is a 40-something single mother of three and a teacher. She rents an old caretaker's house adjacent to the low-stakes school where she has worked for the last 14 years. Rita is unconventional, headstrong, fiercly protective of her charges, and somewhat in need of help herself. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Yippie Kayak Season 3, Ep 10
While taking care of some last-minute Christmas shopping, Jake, Charles, and Gina find themselves in the middle of an actual Die Hard hostage situation. On the outside, Terry matches wits (or whatever) with The Vulture (returning guest star Dean Winters!) to keep the whole thing from boiling over. Elsewhere, Holt and Rosa talk a skittish Amy into joining them on an ice-cold Polar Bear Swim. [more inside]
Max is a true believer who has become jaded with Christmas. As his extended family visits for what promises to be a terrible three day celebration, Max makes a wish that he soon begins to regret. Krampus is the new holiday horror film from director Michael Dougherty. [more inside]
Not, as I assumed, some sort of concert documentary, but a farce portraying a sort of parody of a day in the life of the Beatles early in their career as they dodge hordes of screaming fans and commit shenanigans and hi-jinks on their way to a live TV concert. I found it charming and very funny. [more inside]
Affluent Millicent and Oliver Jordan throw a dinner for a handful of wealthy and/or well-born acquaintances, each of whom has much to reveal. Available to stream on VUDU and Amazon Instant Video. [more inside]
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Swedes Season 3, Ep 9
When Jake and Rosa take on an international jewel smuggling case and are teamed with a pair of overly-chummy Swedish Interpol detectives (guest stars Anders Holm and Riki Lindhome), they begin to question their current level of professional camaraderie. Meanwhile, Amy and Terry attempt to open Gina's mind to the wonders of the cosmos, and Boyle rediscovers his inner McEnroe by filling in as Holt's squash partner. [more inside]
This week... more on the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris. US politicians use the opportunity to pile on Syrian refugees. And Now: The Dismal Prop Comedy Of The United States Congress. Main story: The US Penny, its dwindling value, and the issues around supporting it. YouTube (10m) And Now: What In God's Name Are They Covering On WCBS News At 11? And, finally, this is the final episode of this year of Last Week Tonight, so the show provided a retrospective, featuring the return of Wanda Jo Oliver. This concludes LWT's second season; it resumes in February. [more inside]